What MECA tells the IRS
What MECA actually does
MECA is the fiscal sponsor of the International Solidarity Movement
ISM promotes criminal activities in Israel and is involved with organized terror.
ISM promotes entry into another country under false pretenses.
ISM commits espionage (reporting Israeli troop movements to terrorists)
The International Solidarity Movement's links to organized terror. Is this what tax-exempt money from MECA is funding?
|Middle East Children's Alliance
Should the Middle East Children's Alliance lose its 501(c)(3) tax exemption?
Here is what the Middle East Children's Alliance told the Internal Revenue Service
Screenshots of the organization's Form 990-EZ for July 1 2002 through June 30 2003.
Here is what the Middle East Children's Alliance is actually doing
Note; all of these Web pages have been downloaded in their
entirety in case they disappear when MECA realizes that their
activities are attracting unwelcome attention.
http://www.mecaforpeace.org/CommunityActivism.html (click on the link to see the entire Web page, relevant excerpts appear below)
VOLUNTEERS, ARTIST, VETS, AND SOCCOR MOMS LETS MEET IN THE STREETS!!
Support Cindy Sheehan!!! [antiwar protester outside the Bush ranch]
24 hour Vigil & Camp Out
Noon Aug 20 - Noon Aug 21
SF War Memorial Building Sat
National March in San Francisco
Saturday, September 24,
Bring the Troops Home Now
STOP the War on IRAQ
End Colonial Occupation: Iraq, Palestine, Haiti...
Support the Palestinian People’s Right of Return
Military Recruiters Out of Our Schools
Stop the Racist, Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Labor Offensive
U.S. Out of the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Afghanistan
Stop the Threats Against Iran, Cuba, Venezuela and North Korea
The Wheels of Justice Bus Tour:
on-going ( two years on the road!) nonviolent educational tour against
war and occupation in Iraq and Palestine and for justice and universal
of Voices in the Wilderness, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition,
the Middle East Children's Alliance, and affiliates of the
International Solidarity Movement
calls for antiwar activism and condemns U.S. foreign policy
Cindy Sheehan (antiwar protester camped out by the Bush ranch)
the troops home now, stop the war in Iraq"
the Palestinian people's right of return"
recruiters out of our schools"
out of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Afghanistan"
an academic boycott of Israel
- http://www.mecaforpeace.org/aboutmeca.html says
MECA is on the ANSWER (anti-Iraq war organization) steering committee
calls the U.S. "occupation" of Iraq illegal
also accuses the U.S. of "purposefully" targeting civilian areas
Human Cost of War in Iraq" also makes this accusation: "In March 2003, the US, backed by the UK and
Spain, launched an illegal 'pre-emptive' attack on Iraq. Since then the US and
UK have illegally occupied the nation…"
a photo gallery of anti-U.S. and anti-Israel protests. They are
with the Wheels of Justice Bus Tour, which opposes U.S. policy in Iraq.
An "Apartheid Wall" was put up outside MECA's own office; that is,
MECA apparently used its own office facilities for an anti-Israel
The Middle East Children's Alliance is the "fiscal sponsor" of the International Solidarity Movement
Note that the International Solidarity Movement promotes criminal activities in other countries, and this suggests that 501(c)(3) tax exempt money from MECA is being diverted for that purpose.
The International Solidarity Movement promotes criminal activities in Israel, as shown here:
Donations may also be sent to:
ISM - USA
PO BOX 5073
BERKELEY CA 94705-0073
Please make checks out to: “MECA (ISM-USA Fund)”.
The Middle East Children’s Alliance is the fiscal sponsor for ISM-USA. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Their tax exemption number is: 94-3074600.
through MECA or PayPal are handled by the International Solidarity
Movement - USA. You may also contribute through your local ISM chapter.
Links to these international chapters can be found to the right.
donated to ISM through the above channels go directly to covering
operational expenses in Palestine such as communications,
transportation, legal expenses, apartment maintenance expenses and
small stipends for key coordination positions.
"The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led
movement committed to resisting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian
land using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles."
The highlighted items, "challenging checkpoints and curfews,
confronting tanks, and removing roadblocks" all imply interference with
another country's military security and law enforcement activities,
which are doubtlessly criminal offenses. In addition,
"Direct Action - challenging crippling checkpoints and curfew,
confronting tanks and demolition equipment, removing roadblocks,
participating in nonviolent demonstrations, accompanying farmers to
their fields and protecting families whose homes are threatened with
http://www.freepalestinecampaign.org/ (6 August 2003). Criminal activities are highlighted
Some actions you might take part
|dismantling earthen roadblocks
|observing and intervening at
|taking over a checkpoint
|solidarity visits to
Palestinian homes |
|wheat-pasting a tank
|protesting the Israeli
take-over of the Orient House, and more. |
|helping to record testimonies
of survivors of the invasion in Jenin Refugee Camp and Nablus
|providing ongoing medical
|helping rebuild homes and
buildings bulldozed and blown up by the Israeli army |
|speaking to (live from
Palestine) and writing about the situation |
|delivering food and medicine
|escorting people to hospitals
and relatives' homes|
In addition, the ISM suggests that people enter another country under false pretenses:
Please be assured that ISM does
not encourage or pressure anyone to participate in an action that is
beyond their level of comfort. Some actions are riskier than others, and
you should use your own judgment.
(the page was taken down but Omdurman.org kept a copy). Note again how
the International Solidarity Movement, which the Middle East Children's
Alliance is apparently supporting with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt money, is
encouraging entry into another country under false pretenses.
Visitors coming in solidarity with the Palestinian people and/or to
support Palestinian non-violent resistance therefore face a difficult
situation. If they admit the goals of their visit to Israeli border
staff, and admit any association with ISM, they will most likely be
denied entry. If they state other reasons for their visit, they can
also be accused of lying to Israeli authorities and denied entry for
Faced with this dilemma, some activists choose
not to talk about their activist goals and instead explain other
reasons for their visit, such as visiting the Holy Land, visiting an
Israeli friend, tourism, etc. These activists generally articulate a
clear plan for their visit, including places they will stay within
Israel and the names, addresses and phone numbers of people they will
be visiting (not mentioning visits to Palestinians).
There are three ways to come to
Palestine -- via the Ben Gurion airport - Tel
Jordan or via
Egypt. Many people are afraid to
come via Tel Aviv because Palestinian sympathizers are being denied entry into
the country. We believe that it's less suspicious if you come through
Israel but you have to have a really good
story about why you are coming, and must not mention anything about ISM or
knowing, liking or planning to visit Palestinians. You must play it as
though your visit is for other, Israel-based reasons, like tourism, religion,
visiting an Israeli friend, etc. So do a little bit of research and put
together a story that you'll be able to answer questions about. For
example, if you say you are visiting a friend in
Jerusalem, you should have the name and phone
number of a real Israeli person. If you are coming for religious purposes,
have a book or two on religion and travel in
Israel; have an itinerary,
It is in fact on record that ISM members have lied to Israeli authorities to enter the country, and have even harbored actual terrorists. Additional information is available here.
The International Solidarity Movement commits espionage in Israel and gives safe house protection to terrorists
Again, the Middle East Children's Alliance is the "fiscal sponor" of the U.S. branch of ISM
Last month, Israeli security forces raided ISM offices in Beit Sahour
and the foreign affairs ministry issued a statement that said: ISM
members take an active part in illegal and violent actions against
Israel Defence Force [IDF] soldiers. At times, their activity in Judea,
Samaria and the Gaza Strip is under the auspices of Palestinian
Bedein, who has interviewed several ISM activists in
the region, said the group's North American operations ought to be
investigated by local law enforcement, since ISM spokespeople openly
call for the overthrow of Israel, a country with which Canada and the
United States have friendly relations.
"Group members have also reported Israeli troop movements to armed
Palestinian units", Bedein said, and they intervene at checkpoints to
facilitate the transit of Palestinians who may be terrorists.